Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer

How does this event compare to ones already offered by the installations or by other vendors?

Military Skilled Trades was created in response to employers who expressed frustration with attending large military career fairs.  The big fairs have lots of attendees, but very few people coming by the table that have the specific skills the company seeks.  This is particularly true when a company needs skilled trades experience.

Our career fairs are designed to be much smaller – average size is 10-15 employers.  Our goal is to have 100-150 service members attend a career fair.  So you will see fewer people over the course of the 4 hour event, but almost every person coming to your table is going to have the skilled trades experience you seek.  You increase your chances of seeing great candidates when you use the resume database in advance of an event to reach out to candidates who are of particular interest, and invite them to come to your table.

What types of skilled trades experience will we find at these events or in the database?

We are marketing this event to service members and veterans with backgrounds in welding, fabrication, coating/painting, electrical, maintenance, HVAC, plumbing, pipe fitting, construction, rigging, telecommunications, truck driving and industrial machinery.

What information is being collected from the service members at registration?

Service members are asked to provide the following information when registering for physical events and/or the resume database:

  • Basics: name, current location, email, phone number
  • A current resume
  • Service, branch and grade/rank
  • LinkedIn profile URL
  • Open to relocate (yes/no) and, if yes, to which region(s) (check from list)
  • Self-identify if they meet one of the “protected veteran” categories for federal contract compliance tracking (optional, but we are strongly recommending they answer the question)

When and where are the physical events being held?

Military Skilled Trades career fairs will occur in more than 20 cities each year.  The full schedule is listed on the career fair page.  The exact location of each fair will be released at least 6 weeks in advance of the event.  Fairs may be on post or off-installation at a local hotel, conference center or other appropriate-sized facility.

What option do I have to access resumes if I cannot participate in a physical event?

The Military Skilled Trades resume database provides employers access to resumes submitted by active / guard / reserve military members and veterans with skilled trades experience.  It also allows for job posting.

Participating service members are stationed across the globe and more than 80% are open to relocation.  Those currently on active military duty are entitled to a government relocation benefit.

Access to the resume database is provided within 24 hours of purchase. New resumes are added continuously.

Is there a limit to the number of recruiters having access to the resume database?

Contact us to discuss options for multiple recruiters to have access to the profiles database.

How do I register for a physical event and/or access to the resume database?

Contact us to discuss exhibiting at career fairs and/or accessing the resume database.

What is the cost to register for a physical event and/or access to the resume database?

Employers that are new to Military Skilled Trades and would like to test drive exhibiting at an event before committing further are asked to contact us for more information.